Center Line Mayor David W. Hanselman dies

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

The mayor of Center Line, David W. Hanselman, died Saturday surrounded by family at home.

Hanselman, 72, was a Center Line resident for more than 60 years, a 1960 graduate of Center Line High School and its mayor since 2009. He also served as councilman for 28 years.

He served on several city commissions including beautification, housing, library, parks and recreation, zoning, planning, and downtown development, most recently as chair of the South Macomb Disposal Authority and head of the Selective Services for Warren and Center Line.

He served in Lions Club, Rotary Club, Center Line Schools Foundation, Parents' Congress President and board member for Macomb Christian Schools, and honorary member of the Southeast Michigan Indians. He also was a delegate for the State of Michigan Republican Party.

Mr. Hanselman owned Royal Oak Tire in Royal Oak for more than 25 years.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts posted on his Facebook page that Hanselman “was really a great guy. Very serious about his job. Although he was a weak mayor in a City Manager government. He functioned as a very STRONG MAYOR. He had an office at city hall. And was usually at city hall everyday.”

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Katheleen (Cole), his children David S. Hanselman (Kelly Cobb Hanselman), Mark A. Hanselman (Meridith Prost Hanselman), and John J. Hanselman; grandchildren, Megan, Luke, Grace, and Mackenzie (Mac), siblings Dorothea Rafinski (Norman), Daniel Hanselman (Marguerite), John S. Hanselman (Jamie).

Visitation is Thursday and Friday from 2-8 pm, at the Ford Funeral Home, 26560 Van Dyke in Center Line.

The funeral service is at 10 am at Woodside Church of Warren with a wake immediately following at DeCarlo's in Warren. Burial is in Cadillac Memorial Gardens-East in Clinton Township.

Contributions may be made to the Friends of the Firetruck c/o City of Center Line, and the Center Line Lions Club.